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Basketball season came to a close for both Yellow Jacket teams on Friday as they lost their opening round games in the District 7AA tournament. Weather had delayed these games as the girls were supposed to play last Wednesday and the boys were supposed to play Thursday.
The Lady Jackets closed out the year with a 10-18 overall record. The Jacket men completed their season at 4-25.
A major negative note to close out the season for the Lady Jackets was when they were battling Sequatchie County on the court someone or multiple someone’s went through the Lady Jackets’ bags in their locker room in Dunlap. Many items were stolen from the girls. No word was available at press time if anything has been done about this or if anything will be returned to the girls.
Girls: Sequatchie Co. 48 – Grundy 37
The Lady Indians made it a clean sweep of Grundy this season downing the Lady Jackets by 11 Friday night to advance in the district tournament. Sequatchie took a 15-8 lead after one quarter and Grundy was only able to cut it by one by the half. The Lady Indians padded it by eight in the third and held off the Lady Jackets in the fourth for the win.
“This game was a sad ending to our season. Sequatchie County was just too overpowering for us on this night. We got down early and just couldn’t overcome it. We couldn’t buy a shot so many times. Our shooting percentage was about 23% and with that kind of shooting it’s hard to win a game. We knew going in to the game that we would have to stop 45 and 23 and we couldn’t. It’s a sad ending in so many ways after so many hours of hard work. We have a good group of girls and our goal for the future is to become closer as a team and have better chemistry. We were lacking this at times this year for whatever reason and it was detrimental to our team. It’s time now for a little rest and then to get to work for next year,” said Coach Julie Davis.
Peyton Eads and Madison Burrows led the Lady Jackets with 11 points each. Kristin Hill and Kelsey Arbuckle scored five each. Mikayla Williams had three and Mallory Seals scored two.
Boys: Chattanooga Christian 40 – Grundy 23
It was a serious defensive battle for the Jackets as it had been each time they played the Chargers this season. Grundy led 5-0 after the first quarter. CCS returned the favor holding them scoreless in the second and taking an 8-5 lead to the half. CCS was able to open up their offense a little in the second half and took control with a 14-5 third quarter to lead 22-10. An 18-13 final quarter sealed the deal for Chattanooga Christian.
“Well, the score really tells the story in this game. We played great on defense and poorly on offense. Trevor played a great game on offense, but other than him we really had trouble scoring. Games like these are tough for your team. It’s always hard to see the seniors that you’ve coached have to leave the program. It’s been a fun season and we look forward to improving during the off season and coming back better next season,” said Coach Justin Bryant.
Trevor Hampton led Grundy with 19 points including a three. Devan Hampton and B Goins scored two points each.